Doug Polk is an American professional poker player who has also pursued several other avenues. Alongside his poker career, Polk is also a well-known YouTuber and social media personality. Currently 32 years old, Polk was born in Pasadena, California and loved playing strategy games in his youth.
He especially enjoyed chess, which he greatly excelled at. His love for strategy games and competition is what gradually led him to play poker. While attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington he made the decision to turn professional, a move which he can look back on as the right decision.
In the late 2000s, Doug started his poker journey in the same way that many people did in this era, by grinding online games. He started with $0.01/$0.02 stakes and famously turned a $20 bankroll into $10,000. By 2013 he had built a reputation as one of the best online grinders in no limit Hold’em under the alias WCGRider.
From then on he competed both online and in person on major poker tours until he retired from the game in 2018. In between, he had numerous big wins and high placings in tournaments and events. In one highly publicized match, Polk faced off against Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky in a challenge of 15,000 hands. In the end, Polk was the $740,000 winner and received an extra $100,000 bonus.
Around 2015, Polk also started on his first venture outside actually playing poker. He and a longtime friend started the poker training website Upswing Poker. This was very successful and gave Polk his first avenue away from playing the game directly. Later he would go on to start several YouTube channels, one focusing on poker and another focusing on cryptocurrency.
Due to his public platform and outspoken opinions, Polk has also become somewhat of a poker authority. He regularly discusses recent news and controversies in the poker world for his thousands of followers. A few years ago, there was a heated debate over professional players selling their poker action. Polk described that “there are two sides to this argument” and took a stance that covered both the free market side and the ethics of the situation. Overall, Polk is a well-respected figure in the poker community.
Outside the poker world, Doug Polk became well known as a YouTube personality. On his two channels he regularly discusses news in the poker and cryptocurrency worlds. As of today, his two channels have 320k and 165k subscribers. These figures may not put him at the same level as successful YouTubers like Sssniperwolf, but he has built a steady fan base for himself. His channels do add to his net worth every year as well.
Polk’s Net Worth
It can be very hard to place someone’s net worth, especially when it comes from so many different places. Though his tournament poker earnings are public, his private business figures are not. However, Polk’s net worth in 2021 is estimated to be around $12 Million with over $9 million of that coming from poker alone.
Аwаrdѕ and Accomplishments
Polk’s skill in poker is unquestioned at this point. Throughout his career he has had numerous triumphs and major winnings in major international poker tournaments. One such moment was in July of 2017 when he beat over 100 other players to win the WЅОР Оnе Drор Ніgh Rоllеr Тоurnаmеnt.
As far as Wоrld Ѕеrіеѕ оf Роkеr placings, he has 3 brасеlеtѕ аnd 5 tаblе fіnіѕhеѕ. He similarly has placed well on the Еurореаn Роkеr Тоur. Back in 2015 he also competed in an interesting exhibition game against the Carnegie Mellon AI poker program known as Claudico and several other professional players like Bjorn Li, Dong Kim, and Jason Les. Doug ended up beating the bot by over 200,000 chips.
Interestingly, Polk has also had a longtime feud with Canadian pro Daniel Negreanu. In 2020, Polk announced he was training for a poker showdown against the pro. In Feb 2021, Polk beat Negreanu and ended up winning $1,200,000. However, the exact amount is unknown as there were many public and presumably private side bets that he also raked in.